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 In Manufacture Your Day

Manufacturing Leadership Year-End Thoughts

Thank you so much for reading my daily messages. I truly appreciate every single one of my readers.

These messages are written from the heart and they are meant to help me and you improve. This is my final message of the year but no worries, I’ll be back.

Since most of my clients are in shut-down mode and since I am planning to go skiing with my family in Austria this year, I have decided to “shut-down” until January 3rd.

It’s my personal creativity and planning break. I will  return fully present and with renewed energy on January 6th for you and your team(s).

My family and I celebrate Christmas but because I have a multicultural audience with many different religions, I would like to wish you whatever makes you happy and fills your heart with joy. Please don’t hope you will get happiness and joy from material things. Spend time with the people you love and tell them that you love them.

Having said this, the holidays can also be a very sad time for many. If you spend the holidays alone like I did on Christmas Eve in 2008, simply see it as a challenge to overcome and make a plan.

This was my action plan: I went for a run in the morning, I cooked myself a nice dinner, I opened a good bottle of wine, I watched the Christmas movie “Holiday”, I was grateful that I was healthy, I was happy that I didn’t have to buy any gifts, and I went to Christmas Mass at 10 pm.

That’s it. I survived and it made me mentally stronger. If I could do that, what else was possible?

It’s the end of 2019 and it is important that we acknowledge all the good things that happened this year. This will help you to be positive and excited about the new year to come. Remember, you will get what you expect.

We are ready to smash 2020 in the best possible way, right? Are you ready to go all in? 

Here are some possible reflections for all of us:

  • What are the things you are most grateful for in 2019?
  • Please take note of what you have been most proud of (personally and professionally) this year.
  • What do you want to improve upon in 2020?
  • What person do you have to become in order to get to the next level?
  • How committed will you be to learn and to grow?
    • hire a coach
    • invest in leadership/personal excellence training
    • read books
    • watch educational videos
    • attend webinars
    • listen to podcasts and/or audiobooks
    • meet new people
    • try new things
    • mentor others
    • overcome possible fears
    • challenge yourself and others to step outside of your/their comfort zone

Finally, please make the time to read my all-time favourite poem. I love it and it helps me to keep myself and all my values in check. Read it or watch the video link below, and I promise that it will be time well spent.

The Dash

by Linda Ellis

“I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?”

If you prefer, here is the youtube video to watch instead: The Dash


I wish you a Relaxed Holiday Season and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2020!

Karin & Team Karico

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